This page provides access to research briefings produced by the House of Commons Library, the House of Lords Library and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). You can filter the research briefings by date, type, or one of 350 topics. Pick your options from the dropdown menus.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, July 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
Labour market statistics: UK regions and countries
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7950
This paper gives an overview of labour market statistics across the UK’s regions and countries. The spreadsheet published alongside this paper includes a ‘profile tool’ where you can select a region and see all data for that region presented in tables and charts.
Taylor Review of Modern Employment Practices
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0043
This briefing summarises the recent Taylor Review of Modern Employment Practices and provides background and reaction to the report.
Government policies on social mobility
Published Monday, July 10, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0137
A debate will be held on government policies on social mobility in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 11 July at 2:30pm. The subject for the debate has been chosen by Lucy Powell MP.
Key Issues 2017
Published Monday, June 26, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8021
Key Issues 2017 is a series of short briefings on the topics that will take centre stage in UK and international politics in the new Parliament. Written by impartial Commons Library specialists, these articles are designed to help the reader get up to speed quickly on issues such as; Brexit, the housing crisis, the future of devolution and much more.
Topics: Administration of justice, Agriculture and environment, Armed forces, Asylum, Central government, Common Agricultural Policy, Community care, Companies, Competition, Construction industry, Consumers, Countryside, Crime, Crimes of violence, Criminal law, Defence policy, Economic and monetary union, Economic policy, Employment, Energy, Environmental protection, EU budget, EU defence policy, EU enlargement, EU external relations, EU grants and loans, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, Farmers, Fisheries, Flooding, Health services, Housing, Immigration, Incomes and poverty, Information technology, International economic relations, International politics and government, International trade, Internet and cybercrime, Local government, Manufacturing industries, Nationality, Obesity, Pollution, Prisons, Public administration, Regional development agencies, Regulation, Schools, Service industries, Taxation, Terrorism, Tourism, Working age benefits
Winter Fuel Payments update
Published Monday, June 26, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06019
The Winter Fuel Payment is a tax-free annual payment to help older people meet the cost of their winter fuel bills. The “standard” rates are £200 per eligible household where the oldest person is under 80, and £300 for households containing a person aged 80 or over.
Poverty in the UK: statistics
Published Friday, June 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07096
This note sets out information on the levels and rates of poverty in the UK, including historical trends and forecasts for future years.
Income inequality in the UK
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7484
This briefing paper looks at trends in income inequality in the UK over the last 50 years.
Published Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7946
Millennials are the generation of people now in their young adulthood. Roughly aged between 25 and 34. Millennials make up 13.9% of the total UK population.
Topics: Employment, Housing, Incomes and poverty, Nationality, Owner occupation, Pay, Pensions, Population, Private rented housing, Social rented housing, Unemployment
ECO, the Energy Company Obligation
Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06814
This Commons Briefing paper sets out the details of the Government’s Energy Company Obligation scheme that provides funding for energy efficiency measures for difficult to treat homes and the homes of ‘those most in need.’
Social Mobility Commission, State of the Nation report
Published Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0099
There will be a debate on the Social Mobility Commission State of the Nation report. This will take place in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 23rd March.
Published Monday, March 20, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0098
A General Debate on 'Fuel Poverty' will be held in the House of Commons Chamber on Tuesday 21 March 2017. The subject for the debate has been chosen by the Government.
Spring Budget 2017: A summary
Published Friday, March 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7919
A summary of Spring Budget 2017 and the Office for Budget Responsibility's forecasts for the economy and public finances. This briefing now includes detailed discussion of changes to National Insurance contributions for the self-employed and the tax-free allowance for dividend income.
Topics: Community care, Companies, Economic policy, Economic situation, Employment, Further education, Health finance, Health services, Incomes and poverty, National insurance, Older people, Pay, Public expenditure, Schools, Taxation
Spring Budget 2017: Background briefing
Published Friday, March 3, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7913
The briefing sets out the background to Spring Budget 2017 which will take place on Wednesday 8 March 2017. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) will publish revised forecasts for the economy and public finances on the same day.
Topics: Benefits administration, Benefits policy, Bereavement benefits, Community care, Economic policy, Economic situation, Family benefits, Health finance, Housing benefits, Incomes and poverty, International trade, Local government, Older people, Public expenditure, Sickness, disability and carers' benefits, Taxation, Working age benefits
Future Energy Efficiency Policy
Published Monday, February 27, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0550
This POSTnote outlines the benefits and costs of future improvements in energy efficiency across various UK sectors. It then describes the barriers to energy efficiency measures, outlines options for future energy efficiency policy and summarises analyses of the effectiveness of different policy options.
Poverty in the Liverpool city region
Published Monday, February 27, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0064
A debate will be held on poverty in the Liverpool city region in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 1 March at 2.30pm.
Child Poverty in the UK (Target for Reduction) Bill, 2016-17
Published Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7891
This briefing has been prepared ahead of second reading on the Child Poverty in the UK (Target for Reduction) Bill 2016-17, scheduled to occur on 3 February 2016. This Bill is a Private Members’ Bill (Ballot Bill), sponsored by Dan Jarvis MP.
Published Friday, December 16, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0256
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on a Child Poverty to take place in Westminster Hall on 20 December 2016 at 2:30pm. The subject for the debate has been chosen by Dan Jarvis MP.